Ethiopian Israeli Harvard Fellow to speak in Rochester, Feb. 17

Yarden Fanta-Vagenshtein

Rochester, N.Y. —

When Yarden Fanta-Vagenshtein emigrated from Ethiopia to Israel in 1985, she didn’t know how to read or write. In 2005, she completed her Ph.D. in education at the Tel Aviv University, becoming the first Ethiopian woman to earn a doctorate in Israel.

All are invited to hear Dr. Fanta-Vagenshtein, a specialist in the immigrant experience, speak at Temple Beth El, 139 S. Winton Road in Rochester, at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 17. The program is part of the Jewish Federation of Greater Rochester’s “Israel 2011” lecture series and is free of charge.

Yarden Fanta-Vagenshtein
Harvard Fellow, Yarden Fanta-Vagenshtein was the first Ethiopian woman to earn her doctorate degree in Israel.

Dr. Fanta-Vagenshtein is a post-doctoral fellow at Harvard University’s Graduate School of Education, Department of Human Development and Psychology. Her field of research focuses on immigrants’ transition, literacy and technological knowledge among immigrant populations.

In January, “Israel 2011” opened with Consul General Ido Aharoni. The final lecture in the series will feature Bret Louis Stephens, foreign affairs columnist for the Wall Street Journal, on March 16. Bret Louis Stephens will speak at Temple B’rith Kodesh at 7 p.m.

For further information, go to the Federation’s website, www.jewishrochester.org or call 461-0490.

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